Cultural WorkshopsAt the cultural workshop tent, guests learn new hands-on skills, from making chainmail to the basics of knitting and tatting.
Spoken WordHear fascinating tales from Irish lore and mythology at the Spoken Word. Storytellers, authors and poets rule this stage.
Music WorkshopsWhether you bring your instrument or just want to hear the music, the music workshop tent offers non-stop instruction throughout the weekend.
Irish TraditionsThis stage focuses on the rich culture and history or Ireland. Learn more about songs from Ireland or about the role the Irish played in the US Civil War. A variety of topics are discussed.
Brian Boru's IrelandBrian Boru’s Ireland gives Dublin Irish Festival visitors an authentic experience of life as it was in Ireland 1,000 years ago. A hidden gem among the Festival’s music, dance, food and drink, this reenactment of a 10th century Irish settlement is fascinating, educational and important to a full understanding of Irish culture.
The area endeavors to recreate the daily life of early Medieval Ireland 1000 years ago. Metalworking, wood turning, combat and weaponry are just a few of the ongoing demonstrations. You can have your photo taken in costume, enjoy the sweet fragrance of herbs and perhaps hear a story with an herbalist. Visit the “caiseal” and listen to harp music and watch textile production in the form of drop spindle spinning and weaving on a warp weighted loom. Help cooks churn butter while preparing meals over an open fire and baking in a clay oven. Come to the abbey and see embroidered tapestry in progress, learn to make a St. Brigid’s cross, and see the tools and techniques used in illuminated manuscripts. Admire the treasures of the Lost Viking Hoard. Join in a game of Brandubh or learn to make mead, “the drink of kings,” when you step back in time to Brian Boru’s Ireland. The Irish Living History Society presents this interactive area.
Irish Wake TentThe Festival has long celebrated and preserved Irish customs and culture. Music, dance, food and drink are among those customs, but other customs, such as funeral practices, are equally important to those seeking to understand Irish culture. So, in the midst of all the celebration, music and dance, festival-goers find a Wake Tent, complete with a facsimile of a corpse and mourners.
The Wake Tent is an authentic representation of a wake as it might have been in a family home in 1898, a timeframe that represents the broadest range of customs. The body is laid out, usually on a door, in his best clothes. His coffin is standing by, his tombstone has been prepared and food, drink and tobacco are set out for the neighbors.
The traditional Irish wake lasted three days, during which time the body was never to be left alone or left in the dark. The deceased in the Festival’s Wake Tent is represented as an old man who lived a full life; therefore, there is much for his family and friends to celebrate.
Celtic CookingChefs from Giant Eagle and the Celtic Caterer, Eric McBride will present recipes throughout the weekend. Eric will also be onsite in his own tent throughout the weekend to share his tips and sell his Celtic Cookbooks.
Irish Authors' CornerBecome acquainted with the beauty of the written word in Irish culture. Visiting authors, both Irish and Irish-American will be at this tent all weekend. They will chat with you about their work. You can buy the books from the Book Loft and have your new purchases signed by the author. Many of the authors will be speaking in the Spoken Word and Irish Traditions Tent.
Steeltown Acoustic Instruments ExperienceSteeltown Acoustic Instruments Experience is an interactive and educational tent for people to learn more about Celtic instruments and music. http://www.steelclovermusic.com SteelCloverMusic.com
Viking VillageThe Lost Viking Hoard brings to the Festival a little bit of what life in Ireland must have been like back when the Vikings were invading.
Legacy of the HarpRobert Mouland offers a unique presentation in traditional Irish music: “The Legacy of the Irish Harp“. In this cultural offering he tells the history of Ireland’s national symbol, the cláirseach na h’Eireann or wirestrung Irish harp. The music he performs spans the history of Irish music, from the early harp tradition right up to more current traditional dance tunes using the fiddle, union pipes, flute and whistle. He also brings to life a four hundred year old tradition of jig puppets, which dance by his knee as he plays.
Ward Irish Music ArchivesThe Ward Irish Music Archives is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as part of CelticMKE. They are the largest such archive in North America. Each year they bring a traveling exhibit to the Festival, this year it will focus on the Irish in Film